Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho is not a happy man following Dele Ali’s match ban ahead of re-start clash against Manchester United on Friday.
The former Man U sweat merchant is facing his former club in the first premier league clash after close to three months in limbo no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dele was handed a match ban for dishing out a post that appeared to be mocking an Asian man over the spreading of coronavirus back in February. Although the former Milton Keynes Dons ace apologised for the post, it did not stop the hammer from falling as he was accused of breaching the rules put in place for the pandemic.
Mourinho is however not finding the decision funny with just a few hours to the clash against Manchester United who were on fire just before the lockdown with Nigerian international Odion Ighalo making a huge imput.
‘I feel very, very sorry that he’s not playing,’ said Spurs boss Mourinho. ‘He’s a player that works so hard during all this period and he’s really frustrated that he cannot play the first match.
‘I don’t want to say much more than I don’t think he deserves a one-match ban compared with wrong behaviours at much bigger dimensions that happened during this period without any consequences.’
Kyle Walker, Jack Grealish and Alli’s Tottenham teammate Serge Aurier are among the Premier League players criticised for breaching the Government’s lockdown.
An independent commission ruled Alli be suspended and fined £50,000. He is also required to complete an FA educational course.
Eric Dier is available to play against Manchester United but will face an FA disciplinary charge for leaving the pitch to climb into the crowd and confront a Spurs fan who was in a row with his brother following Tottenham’s defeat on penalties in the FA Cup fifth round against Norwich.
It is however not just about lamentation for Jose as he also revealed some good news that Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko, all fit again after serious injuries, will start against United.